A former teacher and marketing professional with a college minor in art, Carol Benner has been involved with various art media for most of her life. Her avid interest in oil painting began in 2003 and she has since taken numerous workshops with regional and national artists.
Her work has been featured in several art shows, restaurants and galleries including individual shows at The Frame Carriage in Frenchtown, NJ, and Carpedium Art Gallery in Califon, NJ. She has also exhibited in the A.C.E. 2007 Juried Show in Bethlehem, PA, The Highlands Art Gallery in Chester, NJ, St. John's Gallery, Connexions Gallery and The State Theatre in Easton, PA, and the Tinicum Art Festival in Tinicum, PA, as well as Easton's Riverside Festival of the Arts Juried Show. One of her paintings was judged as a finalist in The Morning Call Mayfair Art Show in Allentown, PA in 2008. She won Honorable Mention at Easton's 2013 Riverside Festival of the Arts and 2nd Place in Oil Painting at Allentown's Art in the Park in 2015.
Carol resides in Easton, PA with her husband, Bill.
“I have so enjoyed painting and am so thankful that my friend, Molly, encouraged me to begin. I had purchased oil paints, brushes & canvas – they sat in my closet for over a year. Molly kept challenging me with questions about why I hadn’t tried to paint – I couldn’t come up with a good reason except that I might fail. She helped me to realize that it didn’t matter – I have been having a great time ever since. I find that I look at everything as a potential painting. I still get excited as a painting evolves & comes to life."
"I try to focus on the following scripture - and it is the beauty of God's creation that I try to capture in my paintings."
"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9
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